Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fair Enough

These are our new pens for Bet's turkey's and my quail at the Animals of the World barn during the last five days of the Puyallup Fair.

Mr. Tom seems to enjoy the pens and the roost that Daddy built inside of it for the turkeys to roost on, and this one did for most of the fair. Lots of people took pictures of my quail through the fence but I managed to miss taking their picture.

Down at the poultry barn the day after we set up in the AotW barn we brought our birds in for the Jr. Poultry Expo. Bet's Silver Appleyards won a big award. Champion Heavy Duck.

Birdsmanship duty requires us to clean out each bird's water and then fill it. Kai and Abby did that job.

They took their job seriously and they did it well.

Another duty is to fill the feed cups of each bird, they have a grocery cart for us to make easier to do.

And to lean on.

Anne did great at her first birdsmanship.

I got sweeping duty!

Chicken showing the next day requires cleaning beaks and feet one last time.

Practicing my chicken's best pose for when the judge asks me to pose her in her best position.

It is such a convenient pose, don't you think?

At the show table for us "senior showmen." It helps if you keep your eyes on the judge.

Or it helps to stick your head in the shadow.

Silly bunch waiting for their turn to show.

At least Anne is serious!

Kai is serious too. Just a different sort of serious.

A pep talk from Uncle Mike!
Where is that keel bone?
But it really isn't all that interesting.

That pep talk really worked, now we are just having a good time!

Is there something about showing chickens and being blonde?

Kai told his mom he was leaning on the table so that he could see the judge. It is all about seeing the judge, we told him to look at the judge and he was.

He was so excited to get a blue ribbon, that he tied it on his chicken's neck.

All went well, and we are all looking forward to next year.

Monday, September 14, 2009

To Vacation and Back

Here is a little wave for you from up at Iron Creek Falls

Sister Chelle wants to make sure you don't miss the beautiful falls.

She wants you to know it is scary up where we are sitting, she thinks grabbing the log will keep her safe.

Okay, now we are all normal, sort of.

Here is Martin, his favorite place is on the floor when we are in the truck.

Heading up to the huckleberry fields

maybe he has another reason he hides on the floor.

The view is worth as much as the huckleberries.
Except it doesn't make a very good pie.

The top of Burley mountain as seen from where we park the truck and pick berries.

Never fear Huckleberries, we will be back next year.

These are the dogs that we took with us
Janie, Rose and Pitiful Martin.

Home Again!

"I am so happy to be home," Janie says. She smells the
barn when she gets home.

Some of those who stayed home pretend to be unfazed by our return.

But others were interested in our return.

Others just wanted food.

Aren't they just the cutest little smudgy faces? They are learning to eat kitten food and they get it all over themselves. They needed to go in a cage for their own protection. Rat Terriers see these kittens as just really fuzzy rats.

So sad but these little guys did not greet us when we returned, they had the unhappiness of disappearing while we were gone. Who knew horses eat goldfish. Just kidding. The blue heron must have gotten a free lunch in the horse trough. How many fishies do you see in this picture?

How many kittens of Pippi's do you see in this picture?

No question here, all four horses were glad to have us home, and took us, Bet, me and mom, for a three hour ride the next day after we got back.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Farm Kittties

One week old, just little kitty rats right now.
Waiting for their eyes to open and personalities to develop.

Go see more Camera_Critters

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Some Kitty Music for Monday

I found this video.

I thought it was pretty funny.

Very true of most kitties, tabbies especially.

Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Holly's Stay in Orting

Mr. Weeks took Holly for a week to breed her to his Stallion, Rancher Gold.
I missed her very much but I knew that he was going to take good care of her.

We went in to the barn to see if she was really in heat.
She was going in, so we left her there.

Here are some pics of the stallion.

He is a really nice horses, he even let me pet him.

He sure does like the camera.

He looked sad to see her go,
he is probably saying, "they come, then they go."
If all went and continues to go well, Holly will foal in July 2010.
It's hard to wait a year.

This is the horse that Holly shared a paddock with during her stay.
Mr.Weeks said when he took his gelding out, Holly would freak out so much it sounded like she was going to die. So I think that she had a good time.